Newton Emerson: Cross-Border finger-pointing is pointless

Opinion: We have come full circle on the Covid-19 politics of partition

Garda stop vehicles at a checkpoint at the  Border between Emyvale and Aughnacloy. Photograph: Liam McBurney/PA Wire

Garda stop vehicles at a checkpoint at the Border between Emyvale and Aughnacloy. Photograph: Liam McBurney/PA Wire

Fianna Fáil Senator Robbie Gallagher has called on the authorities in Northern Ireland to fine people making non-essential journeys across the Border, mirroring rules enforced from this week in the Republic.

The Senator, a former Garda officer and Monaghan county councillor, says it is “deeply disappointing, frustrating and irritating that . . . we still seem to be falling short of an all-island approach”.

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